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Garden Patio Ideas

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 20:28

OK.  Mine is 6m x 6m and made from old blue stone slabs and granite paver cobbles taken form th eold cowsheds and barn when we bought thi sold farmhouse.  It has a retaining wall along most of one side and part of another and built to knee/sitting heaight from wine bottles laid horizontally and topped with the slabs form old marble fireplaces.  

A metal arch leads onto the grass and the beds in the main garden.  The arch is clotehd in clematis viticellas Etoile Viiolette and Little Nell in summer.   behind theretaining wall there is a large bed filled with roses, hellebores, geraniums, Japanese maples, echinops, aconitum, thalictrum, peonies, phlow and so on.

A brick chipping path leads along the back of the house, veg plot and work area and there's a trellis fence dividing theterrace form the veg garden and planted up with a Generous Gardener rose, honeysuckle and Cicciolina and Niobe clematis.    On the other side there is a damp bed planted with astilbes, astilboides, hakonechloa, hostas, daffs, fritillaries, snowdrops, dicentras, primulas, ferns, hostas, chelone, hemerocallis and Japanese anemones.

On the terrace itself there is a large teak table which stays out all year.  The parasol and metal and teak chairs go under cover for winter.    In summer there are pots of hostas and lillies.   

morning glory seedlings

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 20:14

Try pinching out the tops so they get a bit bushy?   Works for sweet peas.  Whatever you do, don't put them out until the last frosts in May.   You could start hardening them off by moving them outside by day but always bring them in at night.  They really don't like to get cold.

Encouraging bats in our gardens

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 19:55

It's OK.  I didn't feel got at.   I was surprised we had no bats roosting or birds nesting in the barn but it does at least mean we're not disturbing any wildlife with the renovations and when it's all done there'll be nesting boxes and ledges to try and attract birds and bats.

Can i grow clematis in a trough?

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 15:03

Ivy can last for years in a pot as long as you remember to supply food and water.  It's evergreen so make sure you choose one you like.  I think the creamy variegations are easier on the eye and makea better background for other plants.    You would only need one per torugh but then need to give them time to grow.    Ivy eventually covers walls and trees if left to grow so should manage a trellis panel easily enough in time.

For sweet peas, I plant mine 6" apart in good, fertile soil.  You oculd do the same in your troughs but remember all the food and water is cooming from you so you must do it regularly.

I can't hang my hanging baskets anymore.

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 14:10

You can paint fence posts too and the plants in the basket will be the main focus of attention.  You could top it with a finial to make it more decorative.

Gardening Mentor?

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 13:38

Try joining the local group anyway.  They may have a newsletter which lists monthly jobs and you may meet someone who's happy to come and help and advise.

GW magazine always has a section on jobs to be doing that months and the RHS sends out a monthly newsletter by email as well as the monthly magazine.   This wensite has a what to do now section and yu can ask on here for help with specific plants.

I can't hang my hanging baskets anymore.

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 13:30

I can't help witth a supplier but you could also consider erecting a 4x4 fance post, bedded in concrete to keep it steady and then attach brackets to that to hang baskets and maybe bird feeders too.

Lucky you getting external insulation.  We're about to have it done and it's going to cost a small fortune but will be worth it for added value and almost no heating bills in the future.

Choisya and Myrtle Looking Poorly

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 11:47

Just be patient.  They've had a hard winter so give them at least another month to start regrowing and then prune back to the new buds and take out the dead wood.  Re-shape as necessary.   I always wait till mid June before giving up on shrubs or pruning back.

Encouraging bats in our gardens

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 11:39

WO - we checked.  There are no bats roosting in our barn and I've been in touch with the RSPB and had a visit form some Swift experts about how to leave suitable space for birds such as owls and swifts plus inviting swallows and house martins to set up home when the walls are finished.

In the house part, we have sectioned off the corners of the attics at the eaves so birds can nest in peace behind the guttering and now have a colony of sparrows and tits who live there all year round, produce 2 or 3 broods a year and have conferences in the hedges we've planted when they're not hoovering up aphids and caterpillars in my garden.    I have a large pond and try and grow flowers to attract a variety of insects and all that's working well.

Just not with the bats.

Nut, I hope the lurgy clears soon.


Splitting 2 Amelanchiers

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 11:28

Yes.  Their roots are busy working hard pumping sap up the stems for the flowers and foliage to open out.  If you stress them now you risk losing the plants.   Wait till leaf drop in autumn and do it then as the roots will have all winter to recover and regrow to support new flowers and foliage next spring.

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